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“Make America Gay Again” Flag Draped Over Pence Vacation Home, Secret Service Shares Chili With Culprits

Vice President Mike Pence’s neighbors in Aspen, CO decided to teach him what for by draping a “Make America Gay Again” flag over a stone pillar in front of the house where the Pences are vacationing this week.

The family across the street and a friend reportedly draped the rainbow flag  over the pillar between the homes while a Pitkin County deputy and Secret Service members stood watch, according to the Aspen Times.

“You couldn’t miss it,” said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione. “He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who’d tell him he couldn’t do it,” said Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.

According to the Times, the Secret Service agents were unfazed when the banner was draped over the pillar, telling the neighbors, “We’re not here to control your free speech rights.”

After the women realized they weren’t about to get carted off in cuffs, they warmed up to the officers and later brought over chili and corn muffins to the men stationed at the foot of the driveway.

“They’ve been really nice to us.”

The residents of the home did not answer the door or respond to a note left Friday asking for comment about the banner. However, late Friday night, a resident of the home emailed The Aspen Times a brief correction to DiSalvo’s comment.

“(The banners) were actually hung by the daughters of the couple who live in the home, and one of their girlfriends (I’m one of them!) with the full support of their parents,” Shannon Slade wrote in the email.

Mike Pence, who describes himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” once likened gay marriage to “societal collapse.” While governor of Indiana, he also signed legislation which critics say encouraged discrimination against gays.

 

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Trump Cancels Voter Fraud Investigation After States Refuse To Hand Over Data

President Trump signed an Executive Order Wedensday disbanding his controversial Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, tasked with investigating reports of voter fraud in the 2016 election.

The refusal by most states to turn over voter data, along with several lawsuits filed by voting rights groups were said to have ultimately hobbled the commission’s work.

Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action.”

In June 2017, at least 29 states refused to hand over voter data to the commission, established the previous month after President Trump insisted that as many as 5 million votes were illegally cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Echoing Trump’s skepticism at the time, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the commission, had a similar response to the president on states refusing to comply.

“Frankly, if a state like Kentucky or California won’t provide available information, one has to ask the question, ‘Why not?’” Kobach told NPR, adding “I mean, what are they trying to hide if they don’t want a presidential advisory commission to study their state voter rolls?” he asked.

Several states replied to that question, according to The Hillafter the Commission’s first action was to ask states for the names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers, party affiliation, felon status and other data for every registered voter.

There’s not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible,” Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, said on MSNBC. “Not on my watch are we going to be releasing sensitive information that relate to the privacy of individuals.”

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, also said he won’t turn over any information to the panel, telling members of the voter fraud commission to, “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, took a similar line, calling the Trump investigation an attempt to suppress the vote.

Election officials from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about Trump’s claim of voter fraud:  “In Ohio, we pride ourselves on being a state where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Jon Husted, Ohio’s Republican secretary of state. “Voter fraud happens, it’s rare and when it happens we hold people accountable. I believe that as the Commission does its work, it will find the same about our state.”

Several states, among them California and New York, said participating in the attempt to compile voter data would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud,” according to Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla. On the other hand, by refusing to participate in the first place, they force Trump himself to question what it is they are hiding.

Democrats and voting rights groups were quick to cheer the panel’s demise, reports NPR:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that it was nothing more than “a front to suppress the vote, perpetrate dangerous and baseless claims, and was ridiculed from one end of the country to the other. This shows that ill-founded proposals that just appeal to a narrow group of people won’t work, and we hope they’ll learn this lesson elsewhere.

At the end of the day, you must understand: Hillary won and it was her turn. 

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Fire Breaks Out In Secret Service Facility At Clinton House In Chappaqua – No Injuries Reported

 

A fire broke out Wednesday at property owned by Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, N.Y., confirmed by New Castle police. The flames erupted just before 3 p.m. in the ceiling of the second floor in a Secret Service structure behind the Clintons’ home, a Secret Service spokesman told Fox News.

The building was not connected to the home, and the Clintons were not there at the time of the fire, according to Hillary Clinton Communications director Nick Merrill.

Police declined to give further details on the fire at 15 Old House Lane where Bill and Hillary Clinton have lived for nearly 20 years after buying it for $1.7 million in 1999.

Scanner reports said it was a bedroom fire and has been extinguished.

The house, built in 1889, features five bedrooms over 5,232 square feet and a pool on its 1.1 acres.

In August 2016, the former president and past presidential hopeful bought the four bedroom house next door, at 33 Old House Lane, for $1.16 million. In October, they got in trouble for not having a permit for a kitchen renovation and filling in the in-ground pool, according to ZeroHedgewho also share the following video, revealing the Clinton’s house in Chappaqua on Old House Lane.

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Trump Goes Nuclear On Bannon: “When He Was Fired, He Not Only Lost His Job, He Lost His Mind”

Earlier today, an explosive report from The Guardian detailed an advance copy of Steve Bannon’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” in which the former Trump advisor unloads on Don Jr. and Jared Kushner, saying that their meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” and that the FBI should have been called immediately.

 

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.

Bannon also says that Trump’s repeated messaging that the Mueller probe will end quickly is nothing more than wishful thinking, and that the investigation has moved on to money laundering – which will ensnare Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner.

“You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

In a statement issued by the White House moments ago, Trump hit back, saying that Bannon “spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” adding that the former advisor has “lost his mind.” (full statement below)

Even Scaramucci weighed in:

This is all a diversionary 5D alpha flank formation, obviously…

Statement from the President of the United States

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency.

When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.

Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.

Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.

Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans.

Steve doesn’t represent my base-he’s only in it for himself.

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.

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Huma Abedin Forwarded Top Secret Passwords To Yahoo Account Hacked By Russian With Odd Clinton Connection

Huma Abedin forwarded a trove of sensitive emails to her personal Yahoo account, including passwords to government systems – before every single Yahoo account was affected by a massive hack conducted by a Russian security expert employed by the same Moscow bank former President Bill Clinton gave a $500,000 speech to in 2010, according to Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller. An odd coincidence, no?

As Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, Abedin sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on August 24, 2009, according to an email released in September 2017.

This wasn’t the first time Abedin sent sensitive information through Yahoo. In addition to classified notes on a call with the U.N. secretary-general, Abedin received an email with the subject “Re: your yahoo acct.” – establishing that others knew of her use of the email account for official business.

According to the Daily Caller: 

Abedin received an email “with the subject ‘Re: your yahoo acct.’ Abedin did not recall the email and provided that despite the content of the email she was not sure that her email account had ever been compromised,” on Aug. 16, 2010,  an FBI report says.

The FBI also asked her about sending other sensitive information to Yahoo. “Abedin was shown an email dated October 4, 2009 with the subject ‘Fwd: US interest in Pak Paper 10-04’ which Abedin received from [redacted] and then forwarded to her Yahoo email account…. At the time of the email, [redacted] worked for Richard Holbrooke who was the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP). Abedin was unaware of the classification of the document and stated that she did not make judgments on the classification of materials that she received,” the report said.

After Abedin sent an unspecified number of sensitive emails to her Yahoo account, half a billion Yahoo accounts were hacked by Russian cybersecurity expert and Russian intelligence agent, Igor Sushchin, in 2014. The hack, one of the largest in history, allowed Sushchin’s associates to access email accounts into 2015 and 2016.

At the time of the hacks, Sushchin was the security director for Renaissance Capital – the investment firm which paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech in 2010 that was attended by Russian officials and corporate leaders. “The speech received a thank-you note from Russian President Vladimir Putin,” wrote Luke Rosiak of The Caller. 

Sushchin’s indictment says “the conspirators sought access to the Yahoo, Inc. email accounts of Russian journalists; Russian and U.S. government officials,” and others. Information about the accounts such as usernames and password challenge questions and answers were stolen for 500 million accounts, the indictment says. The indictment does not mention Abedin’s account.

A hacker called “Peace” claimed to be selling data from 200 million Yahoo users.Daily Caller

The United States charged Sushchin with the hacks in March, 2017. His indictment reads “the conspirators sought access to the Yahoo, Inc. email accounts of Russian journalists; Russian and U.S. government officials, and others. The New York Times reported that the Yahoo hack – which affected all Yahoo accountsaffected users’ names, birth dates, phone numbers and passwords that were encrypted with easily cracked security. The intruders also made off with security questions and backup email information – which is particularly useful to hackers seeking to break into government computers worldwide.

While Clinton and Abedin woefully mishandled classified information, they were never prosecuted – after an investigation led by disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok determined that Clinton’s behavior did not warrant litigation. “We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private email accounts of individuals with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her private account,” said former FBI director Jim Comey in the agency’s exoneration of the former Secretary of State.

In this case, the “hostile actor” was none other than a man employed by the very bank Bill Clinton gave a 2010 speech to for a cool half-million dollars. What a small world!

Finally, none of this was lost on Trump was promptly reacted on Tuesday morning, tweeting “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others

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Chris Matthews Runs “Brazenly Sexist” Workplace At MSNBC According To Five Women

Two weeks after it was reported that a former Chris Matthews staffer was paid $40,000 to settle claims of sexual harassment, the MSNBC host has been accused by five women of running an “openly derisive and brazenly sexist news operation,” with several staffers describing themselves as victims of “battered wives syndrome,” according to three of his show’s guests and two former producers who spoke with The Daily Caller‘s Amber Athey.

Two former NBC producers independently alleged Matthews would rate the looks of his female guests on a scale and said Matthews was so abusive that staff joked about being battered women. The interviews in total paint Matthews as a tyrant liable to fly off the handle at the slightest mistake, who was eager to objectify women and made inappropriate sexual comments appear to be a matter of course for someone in his position.Daily Caller

One former producer said “He [Matthews] would eye down a woman who walked on set or comment on their features or what they were wearing,” adding “He would objectify them and interrupt them in a way that he would never do with his male guests. He has a very outdated view of women.” 

The other former producer said Matthews was like a “teenage boy,” rating his female guests on a numerical scale and deciding which one was the “hottest of the week,” while constantly talking about how “hot” various women were at the MSNBC studios – including the Daily Caller‘s source.

One host on a CNBC show was allegedly on the receiving end of many of his comments and tried to avoid being around Matthews in the office.

She didn’t want to be in the same room as him,” the former NBC producer claimed. “She wouldn’t want to get her makeup done if he was in there too.”

The former producer said that while Matthews made comments about her appearance, she never felt like she was being harassed. She described the comments as “unprofessional” and “inappropriate” and said his remarks made multiple women uncomfortable. –Daily Caller

There are apparently more accusers who have yet to come forward. “Sadly, I know other women who won’t even be an anonymous source regarding Chris [Matthews] because they’re concerned about the door closing on career opportunities in media,” said one of the former producers.

Two weeks ago, ZeroHedge also reported that a former Matthews staffer received a payment from the network in relation to her departure after complaining of sexual harassment in 1999, according to the Daily Caller. Sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

MSNBC disputed the claims – telling the Daily Caller that while the woman was compensated, it was “significantly less” than $40,000 and in relation to a severance package.

Matthews, who has hosted “Hardball” on MSNBC since 1997 and stared down Melania Trump in a hot-mic moment during the election, is the latest in a growing list of influential media figures to be accused of sexual misconduct, and the third high-profile case for NBC.

NBC has had a rough run of sexual assault accusations. On November 29, “Today” star Matt Lauer – the highest paid personality in TV news, was fired after a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Several other women also came forward at the time, telling Variety that their complaints to NBC executives about Lauer’s behavior were ignored. In addition to sex toys found in his office, Lauer reportedly had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside.

The network also cut ties with veteran political journalist and “Game Change” author Mark Halperin, who was accused groping, sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment by a dozen women he worked with during his time with ABC news. “We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” MSNBC said in a statement to CNN, which broke the story, adding “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

Finally, NBC also cut ties with senior vice president Matt Zimmerman for failing to report relationships he had with women who worked for him.

 

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After Bitcoin Chokes On South Korea Regulations, India Warns Of “Terror-Funding, Money Laundering Ponzi Scheme”

Things could get interesting for Bitcoin and its crypto-peers as central banks begin to enact long-threatened regulations on digital currencies.

Bitcoin fell more than 11 percent last Thursday after sweeping regulations were announced in South Korea – a country thought to account for around 20% of global bitcoin transactions, though the virtual currency appears to be staging a last minute New Year’s Eve recovery for YTD gains exceeding 1,400 percent. 

The new foreign regulations are said to target money laundering and other financial crimes, and include the closure of anonymous accounts next month, a ban on new anonymous accounts, the ability for regulators to close virtual currency exchanges at will. 

“Officials share the view that virtual currency trading is overheating irrationally … and we can no longer overlook this abnormal speculative situation,” Hong Nam-ki, the South Korean minister for government policy co-ordination said. Anonymous accounts currently in use will be closed next month, it added, without explaining how it planned to do this. –The Telegraph

South Korea’s announcement comes on the heels of Vietnam’s central bank banned bitcoin as a “lawful means of payment” in October – adding that the “issuance, supply, use of bitcoin and other similar virtual currency as a means of payment is prohibited.”

When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2018 – illegal use of cryptocurrencies will result in fines between 150 million and 200 million Vietnamese dong ($6,600 – $8,800 USD).

Meanwhile, India’s Finance ministry issued an official statement Friday cautioning against trading in cryptocurrencies – likening them to “Ponzi schemes” and suggesting that participants in digital currencies do so “entirely at their risk and should best avoid participating therein.”

There is a real and heightened risk of investment bubble of the type seen in Ponzi schemes”, which could result in a sudden and prolonged crash, the ministry said, adding that encrypted cryptocurrency transactions were likely used in things such as “terror-funding, smuggling, drug trafficking and other money laundering acts.”

And as we reported on Sunday, Australian banks are reportedly freezing the accounts of Bitcoin investors. 

Bitcoin investors are claiming Australia’s banks are freezing their accounts and transfers to cryptocurrency exchanges, with a viral tweet slamming the big four and an exchange platform putting a restriction on Australian deposits.

Due to the Australian banking issues, crypto exchange CoinSpot said it was putting a “temporary restriction on all forms of AUD deposits” that would remain in place until at least the first week of 2018 as a result of issues with Australian banks.

“We assure you we are just as unhappy with the situation as you, but unfortunately Australian banks have been so far unwilling to work with the digital currency industry which leads to frequent account closures and strict limits on accounts whilst they remain operational, in effect debanking our industry,” it said.

In the United States various Central Bank members have cast doubts over digital currencies, while the SEC warned investors on December 11 against putting money into cryptocurrencies.

In May, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari took aim at Bitcoin, expressing concerns over how easy cryptocurrencies are to create. When asked about the Fed’s position with digital currencies, Kashkari listed the following points (via coindesk):

  • The Fed is watching: “This is a topic a lot of people across the Fed are paying attention to and watching how it evolves.”
  • His issue is with ‘inflation by altcoin’: “The problem I have [with bitcoin] is while it says, by design, you’re limiting the number of bitcoins that can be created, it doesn’t stop me from creating NeelCoin or somebody from creating Bobcoin or Marycoin or Susiecoin.”
  • Blockchain ‘has more potential’: “I would say the conventional wisdom now is that blockchain, the underlying technology, is probably more interesting and has more potential than maybe bitcoin does by itself.”
  • The waiting game continues: “I think it’s too early to know where this is going to go … we’ll see – we have a lot to learn.”

In September, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker told a conference that he doubted Bitcoin would ever undermine the U.S. dollar.

The paper that’s in your pocket, that we call money, only has value because we believe it has value, because we believe the government stands behind it. It’s all trust issues,” said Harker, adding “And so, when cryptocurrencies and other forms of currency emerge, I think the basis of that has to be how do they create that trust?”

Also in September, a trash-talking JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon likened Bitcoin to a “fraud” that’s “worse than tulip bulbs,” while also dissing his daughter for “thinking she’s a genius” (buying Bitcoin thousands of points ago).

The only good argument I’ve ever heard … is that if you were in Venezuela or Ecuador or North Korea.. or if you were a drug dealer, a murderer, stuff like that, you are better off dealing in bitcoin than in US dollars, you are better off bypassing the system of your country even if what I just said is true.

There may be a market for that but it’s a limited market” –Jamie Dimon

In November New York Fed President William Dudley said that the Fed is exploring the idea of its own digital currency, while he slammed Bitcoin as “more of a speculative activity,” not a stable store of value.

And when you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – as Goldman Sachs and Silicon Valley elite team up for early adoption of a crypto-future. Last week, Goldman Sachs is in the process of setting up a trading desk to make markets in digital currencies such as bitcoin. The bank aims to get the business running by the end of June, if not earlier, two sources said. A third said Goldman is still trying to work out security issues as well as how it would hold, or custody, the assets.

Meanwhile, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s credit card processing venture, Square, announced in November that they are exploring adding Bitcoin to their platform – releasing a beta program for the digital currency on their “Cash” app, and Craigslist recently began allowing sellers to advertise that they accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment – something now illegal in Vietnam, under penalty of up to 200 million dong. 

 

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NYT Publishes Report ‘Debunking’ FBI Use Of Dossier, Immediately Shredded For Fake News

According to the New York Times, the FBI investigation into Russian collusion began after drunken Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos, reportedly told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer at a London bar in May, 2016 that “Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.” When DNC emails began to leak, Australia apparently contacted US intelligence to report the drunken admission by Papadopoulos – igniting the Russia probe.

This is in stark contrast to GOP leaders who say that a salacious and unverified 34-page opposition research dossier triggered the probe, a claim repeated by President Trump on Tuesday:

Four days later, the New York Times crafted an alternate explanation involving Papadopoulos:

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.

The NYT’s Adam Goldman – who worked on the article as part of a six-person effort, tweeted the report, stating “Dossier had nothing to do with @FBI opening July 2016 investigation into Russian election meddling. George Papadopoulos outreach op and Russian hacking did,” which the NYT’s Maggie Haberman retweeted.

Unfortunately for the New York Times – much like CNN’s botched “Bombshell” report from a few weeks ago that Donald Trump Jr. was told about the WikiLeaks emails before their release, only to issue a major correction because Trump Jr. was told after they were made public (by a random person), this “startling revelation” ny the NYT that Papadopoulos spilled the beans about Russia having dirt on Clinton was already public information.

Cue the NYT getting split like a cord of wood by the Conservative Treehouse‘s TheLastRefuge, who dressed down the entire Papadopoulos narrative in a 21-tweet dissertation (below).

The thread begins with this tweet, with the rest condensed below: 

2.) Additionally, worth noting @maggieNYT is nowhere in the Joint Analysis Report [Comey, Brennan and Clapper construct] is anything about George Papadopoulos even hinted or alluded to.
3.) [@maggieNYT ] ABC in Australia is reporting it was Alexander Downer (Australian High Commissioner to UK) who then let counterparts in US know that George Papadopolous was talking about the Sidney Blumental hack via Clinton Emails.
4.) The @maggieNYT is also nonsense based on common sense. Papadopoulos was so important that:

July 15th 2016 Comey opens counterintel investigation into Russian collusion.

January 15th 2017 FBI visits Papadopoulos for first time.

FBI waited for six months to talk to him?

5. @maggieNYT If George Papadopoulos was so important to the FBI “investigation” why did all “intelligence” agencies released their final JAR report without ever speaking to him?
Not even once?
6. No @maggieNYT what you have in your article is a well constructed and brutally familiar pattern of what journalism looks like when the IC use reporters to cover their tracks and create a justification based on a false premise.
7. The Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Mary Jacoby, Nellie Ohr etc. and subsequent Christopher Steele origin of the FISA application source material is a risk to the former leadership within the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division.
8. @maggieNYT That’s why both FBI and DOJ sides of this intelligence operation need to create a false origin. The actual FISA application content is a much more explosive risk. Use your common sense logic hat and see when you are being played.
9. @maggieNYT USE COMMON SENSE: If a Papadopolous conversation in May 2016 was the origin, the source material, of the FBI counterintelligence operation, then why were they denied a FISA application in June/July 2016 ?
10. @maggieNYT The wife of Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS), Mary B. Jacoby, with years of Russia-angled reporting –including Donald Trump– visits the White House on April 19th 2016. white-house-logs.insidegov.com
11. @maggieNYT Mary B Jacoby is a deep part of Clinton’s political camp going all the way back to the Rose Law Firm. You know that because you know her.

After the April 19, 2016, WH visit, the DNC and Clinton campaign hire Mary and Glenn (Fusion GPS) for the “trump project”.

12. @maggieNYT Immediately after Fusion was paid, Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby (Fusion GPS Patriarchs), hire Nellie Ohr.
13. @maggieNYT As you know, Nellie Ohr is the wife of DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr. The same Bruce Ohr who was demoted for meeting with Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele, along with FBI agent Peter Strzok, w/out telling DOJ leadership.
14. @maggieNYT Again, you know this stuff. Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson have known each other for years; and have worked on CIA *open source* projects together for a long time.
15 @maggieNYT As you know all of these people are SME’s on everything Russia and everything Russia intelligence. It is all of this activity in April and May, not innocuous George Papadopolous reading newspapers, that assembled data and eventually led to the “Russia Probe”.
17. @maggieNYT After the initial July 2016 FISA Court denial, the FBI and DOJ team leaned heavily on the external team of Jacoby, Simpson, Ohr, Steele etc. who created the “dossier” that enhanced the application that gained the FISA warrant in Oct.
18. @maggieNYT as you know, because of the legal framework around them, FISA warrants can be applied retroactively. Wiretaping and monitoring can technically begin while evidence is gathered to justify a DOJ-NSD warrant application later.
20. So @maggieNYT the question I have for you is: Did you write that nonsense about George Papadopolous because the IC (FBI/DOJ) tricked you into it?….. OR were you a willing participant in helping transmit political disinformation in an effort to help them cover their tracks?
21. Happy New Year @maggieNYT !!

 

 

Meanwhile, as pointed out by The Gateway Pundit‘s Cristina Laila, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York further tore into the NYT report:

Perhaps the most embarassing part for the New York Times isn’t that they appear to have published yet another massive case of Fake News – but that it took six of their ‘best and brightest’ to cobble it together. 

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Report: Australian Banks Freezing Accounts Of Bitcoin Investors Amid Global Regulations

Several bitcoin investors in Australia are claiming that the country’s “Big Four” banks are freezing their accounts, while CoinSpot said it was placing a “temporary restriction on all forms of AUD deposits” until next week as a result of issues with Australian banks.

Bitcoin / USD forexlive.com

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Cryptocurrency trader and Youtuber Alex Saunders called out National Australia Bank, ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation on Twitter for freezing customer accounts and transfers to four different bitcoin exchanges  – CoinJar, CoinSpot, CoinBase and BTC Markets.”

Another twitter user, Machaela Juric who goes by the handle “Bitcoin Babe,” said her business accounts were closed by 30 banks (!?), posting a picture of an account closure letter.

Juric shared account closure letters with Farifax Media from 10 institutions, with one suggesting she had received fraudulent funds. 

She said banks were not the “be all and end all of accepting payments” for Bitcoin and there were other avenues to transfer funds.

An ANZ spokeswoman said it “does not prohibit customers buying digital currencies”.

The banks won’t say whether bitcoin activity was causing specific accounts to be frozen or closed, however some banks’ terms and conditions reference bitcoin.

 

Counspot halts Australian transactions

As a result of Australian banking difficulties, cryptocurrency exchange CoinSpot issued a “temporary restriction on all forms of AUD deposits” until next week.

“We assure you we are just as unhappy with the situation as you, but unfortunately Australian banks have been so far unwilling to work with the digital currency industry which leads to frequent account closures and strict limits on accounts whilst they remain operational, in effect debanking our industry,” the company said in a statement.

Global crackdown?

Things could get interesting for Bitcoin and its crypto-peers as central banks begin to enact long-threatened regulations on digital currencies.

On Thursday, Bitcoin was down over 11 percent after South Korea – thought to be around 20% of global bitcoin trades, announced new regulations aimed at money laundering – which include the closure of anonymous accounts next month and a ban on new anonymous accounts. Regulators can also close virtual exchanges at will.

Oddly, after the South Korea announcement, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum all struggled to stay aloft, while Ripple took off:

Courtesy ZeroHedge

The new South Korea regulations are said to target money laundering and other financial crimes, and include the closure of anonymous accounts next month, a ban on new anonymous accounts, the ability for regulators to close virtual currency exchanges at will. 

“Officials share the view that virtual currency trading is overheating irrationally … and we can no longer overlook this abnormal speculative situation,” Hong Nam-ki, thw South Korean minister for government policy co-ordination said. Anonymous accounts currently in use will be closed next month, it added, without explaining how it planned to do this. –The Telegraph

South Korea’s announcement follows Vietnam’s central bank banning bitcoin as a “lawful means of payment” in October – ruling that the “issuance, supply, use of bitcoin and other similar virtual currency as a means of payment is prohibited.” When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2018 – illegal use of cryptocurrencies will result in fines between $6,600 – $8,800 USD.

Moreover, India’s Finance ministry issued an official statement Friday cautioning against trading in cryptocurrencies – likening them to “Ponzi schemes” and suggesting that participants in digital currencies do so “entirely at their risk and should best avoid participating therein.”

There is a real and heightened risk of investment bubble of the type seen in Ponzi schemes”, which could result in a sudden and prolonged crash, the ministry said, adding that encrypted cryptocurrency transactions were likely used in things such as “terror-funding, smuggling, drug trafficking and other money laundering acts.”

Slowly but surely – the likes of Jamie Dimon realize they can’t shit-talk cryptocurrencies out of existence – so they’re doing the next best thing; regulating them until they’re no fun anymore. And if Australian banks are indeed freezing accounts of crypto traders, it looks like the war between central banks and cryptocurrencies is only heating up.

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Cassandra Fairbanks Believes In “The First Amendment, Boobs, and Wikileaks”; WikiLeaks Agrees

Following two weeks of excitement involving WikiLeaks, journalist Cassandra Fairbanks took to Twitter to implore President Trump to issue a preemptive pardon to founder Julian Assange – whose Twitter account was mysteriously deactivated for several hours on Christmas, several days after a WikiLeaks attorney’s office was broken into.

Sporting an “I’m with WikiLeaks” top like the one she wore to a January Senate hearing on hacking, Fairbanks begins her plea which was Retweeted by both official WikiLeaks accounts, by reminding people that the US has never filed any formal charges against Julian Assange:

 “I think that we should be pressuring Donald Trump to do more to help Julian Assange. It’s probably one of the most important things that he get out of that Embassy. The United States has never filed any formal charges against Assange.”

Trump has the ability to grant a preemptive pardon, which means that he would never have to face trial or be extradited here at all.” –Cassandra Fairbanks

Fairbanks then points out that the media thrives on leaked information, which is often false, and sometimes results in “disastrous consequences, sometimes even deadly – like the case in the Iraq War,” adding “unlike the fake news published by outlets like the NYT to sell war to the public, Assange has published true, real information that has influenced the public to want to get out of wars.

She then notes that Assange was “once held in the absolute highest regard by the left for the publishing of the Iraq and Afghan war logs,” crippling the agenda of the “war-hungry swamp” and dealing a massive blow to the Bush administration.

We elected Trump because of his rejection of the war-monger establishment, and the fake news media. With what he represents, Trump should be giving Assange a medal and throwing him a parade instead of allowing his political persecution to continue. Assange is the bravest and most heroic man on the planet, and every day he is without freedom is a tragedy.

If Trump really wanted to stick it to the deep state, this would be how to do it. 

Wikileaks doesn’t hack or steal documents – they simply publish things they obtain or are given to them. You know, like what Buzzfeed did when they published that debunked bullsh*t f*cking potty-dossier from John McCain,” said Fairbanks.

Watch below:

Last week, three hooded figures dressed in black broke into the Madrid office of WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon at dawn on Monday morning, in what police are describing as a “very professional” operation they are treating as an attempted robbery, according to Spain’s largest newspaper, El PaísGarzon heads Assange’s legal defense, in particular working to avoid extradition to Sweden and preparing to face charges thought to be pending by U.S. authorities.

The intruders covered security cameras with tape, and there were no signs that anything was taken – however police are analyzing Garzon’s computer equipment to determine whether or not any files were taken or copied. “They have not taken what they have been looking for,” Garzon told El Periodico, and told Ser magazine that his clients’ security “has not been affected,” and that the people “acted very quickly.”

Hours after the break-in, and shortly before WikiLeaks tweeted the original article from El País, Julian Assange called a Jimmy Dore video “Brilliant” which prominently features Assange’s interview with a Dutch television host in which the WikiLeaks founder all but used sign language to indicate slain DNC Seth Rich was his source.  (Assange clip at 21:30)

Then, on Christmas Eve, Julian Assange’s Twitter account was mysteriously deleted, only to be restored hours later with no explanation. Meanwhile, the US Navy’s official Twitter account shot off the following tweet later that day:

Shortly after, the Navy deleted the tweet, explaining that “an inadvertent keystroke by an authorized user of the U.S. Navy Office of Information’s Digital Media Engagement Team caused the trending term “Julian Assange” to be tweeted from the Navy’s official Twitter account” and in a follow up tweet added that “the inadvertent tweet was briefly posted for a few second before it was quickly deleted by the same authorized user. The inadvertent tweet was sent during routine monitoring of trending topics.

Adding to the mystery, in an official statement, WikiLeaks noted that apart from increased surveillance at the Ecuadorian embassy, the 46-year-old Australian was fine. “Despite some oddities from the US Navy and Twitter today and increased physical surveillance @JulianAssange’s physical situation at the embassy remains unaltered–confined without charge in violation of two UN rulings requiring the UK to set him free,” the statement read.

Between the break-in at their lawyer’s office, the strange Twitter account incident and the weird tweet from the Navy – perhaps Cassandra Fairbanks is WikiLeaks’ last hope.

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